City University Of New York, The Graduate Center

The Graduate Center

Africana Studies


365 Fifth Avenue

New York City, NY 10016

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

MALS Track in Africana Studies - Stemming from the Black Studies programs and departments formed in the late 1960s, Africana Studies is the study of cultures, politics, and histories of peoples of African origin in both Africa and in the African diaspora. At present, Africana Studies is a systematic way of studying black people’s religion, sociology, culture, cultural expression and history throughout the world. It examines the iterative effect of the black experience on society as well as society’s impact on the black experience. Therefore, this academic endeavor relies heavily on many disciplines across the social sciences and humanities. The question of diversity in general and Africana Studies in particular at higher levels of education is no longer a “yes-or-no” query; it is a matter of “when” and “how.” The matter of “when” is a question of will, commitment, and resources; and it is a question that university administrators across the country are addressing. The matter of “how,” though, is a question for research scholars; and it raises questions proper to disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. This MALS Track is the only M.A. or M.S. degree offered in Africana Studies within the CUNY system.


All of CUNY’s campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. All of CUNY’s degree programs are registered with the New York State Department of Education.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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